"Incredibly contagious"; Gastroenteritis outbreak puts US on alert The norovirus, which causes gastroenteritis, is particularly contagious because it takes very few particles to infect someone. 11:35 a.m.

Should we be worried? An outbreak of gastroenteritis, a highly contagious stomach virus, is causing concern in the northeastern United States This leads to the closure of schools and causes alarming symptoms such as severe diarrhea among the population.

Dr. Alfred Sacchetti of Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, warned the New York Post about the extreme contagiousness of norovirus, noting that ingesting a single virus particle can cause illness.

According to recent data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Northeast region, In particular, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York have the highest positivity rate for the hypervirulent strain of norovirus. In early February, a staggering 14% of swab tests in the region came back positive, marking a significant increase since November.

Norovirus is not limited to the Northeast and is increasing across the country. 12% of tests are positive, an increase of 3% since November. This virus, which is responsible for 19 to 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis annually in the United States, typically spreads in February and March, when people tend to spend more time indoors.

Infection with norovirus occurs primarily through consumption of contaminated food and liquids. Touching contaminated surfaces or contact with infected people. Symptoms include diarrhea, stomach pain, and vomiting, which can lead to significant fluid loss and dehydration.

This virus is particularly contagious because it takes very few particles to infect someone, and those infected can remain contagious even after their symptoms have improved. Children in particular are likely to promote the spread of infection, This has led to the closure of several schools and daycare centers in the northeast region.

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Preventative measures include rinsing fruits and vegetables, cooking seafood thoroughly, and most importantly, washing hands with soap and water, as noroviruses show resistance to alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Dr. Sacchetti emphasizes that “soap and water are the only things that really protect you from this.”

Infected people have to stay at home Avoid preparing food for others while they are sick and for two days afterwardin addition to maintaining fluid intake to prevent dehydration, a serious symptom associated with norovirus.

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